American Legion Post 109

Supporting Our Veterans and Community!

Anthem Veterans Memorial

ONCE A YEAR AT 11:11 AM THE SUN SHINES PERFECTLY ON THIS MEMORIAL

 


 

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 At precisely 11:11 a.m. each Veterans Day (Nov. 11), the sun’s rays pass through the ellipses of the five Armed Services pillars to form a perfect solar spotlight over a mosaic of The Great Seal of the  United States .

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 The Anthem Veterans Memorial, located in Anthem,  Arizona , is a monument dedicated to honoring the service and sacrifice of the  United States armed forces. The pillar provides a place of honor and reflection for veterans, their family and friends, and those who want to show their respects to those service men and women who have and continue to courageously serve the  United States .

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 The memorial was designed by Anthem resident Renee Palmer-Jones. The five marble pillars represent the five branches of the  United States military. They are staggered in size (from 17 ft to 6 ft) and ordered in accordance with the Department of Defense prescribed precedence, ranging from the United States Army, the United States Marine Corp, the United States Navy, the United States Air Force and the United States Coast Guard.

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 Additionally, the brick pavers within the Circle of Honor are inscribed with the names of over 750  U.S. servicemen and women, symbolizing the ‘support’ for the Armed Forces. The pavers are red, the pillars are white, and the sky is blue to represent  America ’s flag. The circle represents an unbreakable border. Anthem resident and chief engineer, Jim Martin was responsible for aligning the memorial accurately with the sun.

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Awards

-  Arizona Historic Landmark Designation 2012 –  Arizona Historical Society
–  Arizona Public Works Project of the Year Award 2012 –  Arizona Chapter of the American Public Works Association
– ACEC 2012 Grand Award – Best Engineering and Environmental Consulting Project

 

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Sources

Anthem Veterans Memorial

41703 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway
Anthem,  AZ  85086
(623) 742-6050

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 Veterans Day is an official  United States holiday that honors people who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, also known as veterans. It is a federal holiday that is observed on November 11. It coincides with other holidays such as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other parts of the world and also mark the anniversary of the end of World War I (major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect).


The  United States also originally observed Armistice Day; it then evolved into the current Veterans Day holiday in 1954. Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day; Veterans Day celebrates the service of all  U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving. [source]